Team USA has a lineup full of MVPs and All-Stars, and sent out the reigning NL Cy Young winner for its opening game of the World Baseball Classic.
All those hitters couldn't do much of anything against Mexico's string of pitchers and the Cy Young winner fell flat.
Now the Americans have to win or they could be headed home after the opening round for the first time at the WBC.
Adrian Gonzalaz hit a two-run homer off U.S. starter R.A. Dickey, seven pitchers kept the Americans' bats in check and Mexico rebounded from a disappointing opening loss with a 5-2 win over Team USA in Pool D on Friday night.
''They outplayed us in every area of the game and that is what you get,'' U.S. third baseman David Wright said. ''A pretty convincing win for them.''
Mexico had beaten the Americans before in the WBC, in 2006. But in that win, the Mexicans had already been eliminated and were able to play loose.
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